It’s difficult to describe the impact that League of Legends has had on the world of eSports without understating it. Released in 2009, the multiplayer online battle arena game is an intense experience, even for amateur players.
As with other major eSports titles such as Dota 2, Starcraft and FIFA, League of Legends betting at online bookmakers has continued to increase exponentially around the world in the last few years.
Note: Unfortunately, few US jurisdictions have legal eSports betting, so odds listed below typically are from European bookmakers.
A harmonious blend of real-time strategy and role-playing elements, League of Legends is similar to DOTA 2. The game sees two teams of five players battling each other with ‘champions’ in matches that range anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes in length. Teams start off at opposite sides of a map in an area referred to as the Spawning Pool.
Beside each team’s Spawning pool is their Nexus. The overriding objective of a League of Legends game is to destroy the other teams Nexus.
League of Legends (often referred to as LoL) was announced in October 2008 and was well received upon its release in 2009, receiving favorable reviews from major gaming publications such as IGN, Eurogamer and PC Gamer.
Top online bookmakers offering eSports began to list League of Legends betting markets in 2011. By July 2012 it was the most played PC game in North America and Europe.
As of January 2014, League of Legends had over 7.5 million people playing concurrently during peak hours. In League of Legends each player controls a character referred to as a ‘champion’, each of which possesses a unique skillset. At the beginning of each match champions start at a low level, slowly gaining experience throughout to reach the maximum level of 18.
If a champion is defeated they are revived in their base after a certain amount of time passes.
Players begin each match with a low amount of gold. Throughout the match they can earn more gold by killing non-player characters known as ‘minions’, killing opposing players, destroying enemy buildings and through item interactions or depending on the type of champions, their own abilities.
The reason for League of Legends betting becoming so popular can be put down its dynamic nature. It is by no means a static game, with over 1000 employees working on it full time, adding and removing new features and mechanics to keep the game fresh.For example, the ‘Rift Herald’ an enemy located in the upper side of the River on Summoner’s Rift (the game’s main map) was only introduced in 2016 and had its abilities redefined in 2017.
At the time of writing there are 140 champions to choose from for a League of Legends game, each of which fall into a different category. Bear the following mind when considering your League of Legends betting strategy:
The sheer amount of variables in a match of should be kept in mind when analyzing League of Legends odds. A ‘line-up’ of champions is just as important in League of Legends as the starting squad in a game of football is. Similarly important are the AI elements of the game.
Take ‘Baron Nashor’ for example, a neutral enemy located in the upper side of the River. When a team kills Baron Nashor each member is given a boost which makes their nearby minions more powerful.
Many small factors like this can have a huge impact on the game. When considering League of Legends odds there is only one map used in eSports tournaments called ‘Summoner’s Rift’ (unlike CS:GO where there’s more than a few).
You can bet on a team not losing a game throughout the series which is normally best of three but can also be best of five.
Ultimately your knowledge of the game will be your biggest friend when it comes to your League of Legends betting strategy. Knowing the ins and outs of each team and the champions that they like to play is key. Also important is having an understanding of which teams tend to fare better in the early or late stages of a game.
Some champion abilities are more beneficial in the early part of the game while the benefits for others may become apparent towards the end.
As with all betting opportunities, it’s important to research before parting with any of your hard-earned cash.If you do plan on partaking in League of Legends betting consider the data required to inform your bets. If you focus on watching past matches to get a feel for the game and analyse teams records against one another there’s no reason why League of Legends can’t play a part in your overarching eSports betting strategy.
"An experienced bettor with a decade writing about sports and gambling, Dan's expertise includes college football, college basketball, golf, the NFL and more."